Most people spend at least some of their daily routine wishing they could take a break and get away. We treasure those few weeks of a year when we get to devote ourselves to relaxation and fun..
However, for those of us who are preconditioned to stress or anxiety, a change of scenery isn’t always enough. For some people, vacations only carry a marginal increase in mood, even before the added stresses of travel. To truly feel better, you need to change not only your circumstances and your routine, but also the way you think and react to your surroundings. An article on Psychology Today shares some tips that may be helpful.
The first thing to remember on a vacation is to leave your normal life–and especially your job–as far behind as possible. 91% of working Americans admitted to checking their work email while on vacation. Please remember that you don’t owe your employers anything when you’re off the clock. You do owe it to yourself to try and forget about work-related stress until you’re back in the office.
Email is only one example: technological interconnectivity makes a vacation a very different prospect than it was in the past. It might seem nearly impossible to “get away” when you’re carrying all your personal and professional relationships around in your phone. Similarly, if you’re trying to take a break from your daily routine, you’ll find a more insidious “daily routine” of smartphone use. Checking the same apps and websites every day might not be as stressful as your job, but it still locks you into a certain mindset and can distract you from the little joys of your vacation.
The most important thing going into a vacation is not to focus inward. Instead of just seeking your own pleasure, think about how you can help the people around you have a good time. Instead of sitting and waiting around for an emotional or physical reward, focus on how rewarding your present circumstances are. A vacation is an excellent time to practice gratitude and focus on the positive in your life.
With temperatures plummeting and snow on the way, think about getting away, if you have the chance. If you bring the right attitude into a vacation, you can come out feeling refreshed and ready to meet your life on new terms.